Energy stocks push up main Toronto stock index, loonie rises, U.S. stocks down

TORONTO _ Energy stocks helped push Canada’s main stock index to close up Thursday for a ninth straight day of gains, while U.S. stocks retreated.

The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index closed up 35.49 points at 16,143.55.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 54.95 points at 24,713.98. The S&P 500 index ended down 2.33 points at 2,720.13 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 15.83 points at 7,382.47.

The Canadian dollar averaged 78.12, up 0.05 of a US cent.

The June crude contract closed unchanged at US$71.49 per barrel and the June natural gas contract was up four cents at US$2.86 per mmBTU.

The June gold contract ended down $2.10 at US$1,289.40 an ounce and the July copper contract was up two cents at US$3.09 a pound.